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Soffit refers to a ceiling section from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof. It basically bridges the gap between the siding of the building and the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves or roof gutters. When installed properly, the material is typically screwed or nailed to rafters known as lookout rafters.
The length of the soffit on a building’s exterior can vary from a few inches to several feet, depending on construction and the architectural style. It can be non-ventilated or ventilated for cooling the attic space. the grill that typically covers the venting opening on the bottom is called the vent and that aids in the ventilation of the roof structure.
Soffit and the Calgary Home
The strong wing and extreme climate in Calgary and Southern Alberta can cause rain or snow to swirl up under the eaves, your Soffit is what keeps water from blowing into your house. If it’s not installed properly or maintained well, it can collect water and create potential problems for your roof.
It is therefore recommended that at least once a year when you clean and inspect your gutters, you take the time to look at this important feature of your roof for any signs of decay such as paint peeling and other problems. It is highly recommended to make sure that everything is kept well-painted, sealed and caulked.